The HR Corner

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Hello Everyone,

Welcome to The HR Corner, the new HR resource for the SEAS community. In The HR Corner, I will be sharing HR news and highlights with faculty and staff. Please keep a lookout here for up-to-date information each month. I welcome your feedback on topics you would like to see highlighted. My office hours are generally Monday–Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Feel free to stop by and say hello.

This issue covers:

Warm regards,
Marion Flythe-Inman, HR Manager

What’s New

Federal Form Revisions and Process Updates

  1. Federal Form W-4: Although the 2020 tax season is not yet upon us, the Form W-4 will be undergoing significant changes before it arrives. The IRS has published an updated draft version of the form on their website, along with FAQs to explain the changes and updates to the process.
  2. Federal Form I-9: Effective as of September 2019, the requirement to complete Section 2 of Federal Form I-9 before an incoming employee can claim a NetID has been removed. All new employees can now claim their NetID as soon as they are issued a GWID (George Washington Identification). Section 2 of the I-9 must still be completed within 3 business days of an employee's start date or they risk termination.

Share Your Stories with HR

As the culture initiative continues to take shape, it is important that we are attracting and hiring people who align with GW’s values and purpose. We are in the beginning stages of re-branding our careers site to define and market what makes GW a special place to work. We want the site to convey who we are: a talented, motivated, and diverse community of people. We’d like to highlight some of the individuals who make GW great!

HR is looking for employees to share why they came to work at GW and what they enjoy about working at GW. These testimonials will put employee voice in the forefront! If you would like to participate or nominate someone, please contact me at 202-994-0697 or email me.

Sign-Up for OUR GW Culture Training Sessions

OUR GW reinforces our belief that we will only be successful if we all do our part to strengthen our culture. We are all in this together. To register for a service training on your campus (Foggy Bottom, Mount Vernon, or Virginia Science and Technology campus), please log into Talent @ GW.

Unconscious Bias Training for SEAS

Unconscious Bias training will be hosted by Dr. Shelly Heller and the SEAS Center for Women in Engineering. During this one-hour session, you will engage in an interactive training that will help all of us understand and avoid unconscious bias and microaggressions that can arise from those biases. Attendance is required of all staff. The session will be offered on Thursday, November 7 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm and again on Tuesday, November 12 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Both sessions will be held in SEH, B1270. Please choose one session. Pre-registration is not required, but please sign-in when you arrive.

SkillSurvey Reference Checks

Effective immediately HR has implemented a new way to conduct reference checks. SkillSurvey is an online, automated reference check solution that gives you deep, comprehensive insights on all your candidates, whether you’re hiring, onboarding, or managing a placement. See FAQ's. Contact your HR representative if you have questions.

Interviewing and Hiring Compliance Training

In support of  GW’s commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity and an inclusive workforce, an online training course has been assigned to all hiring managers. This mandatory training must be completed by June 30, 2019.

Effective July 1, 2019, hiring proposals will not be considered unless the respective hiring manager has completed the training. Managers have been assigned the training in [email protected], and a reminder email has been sent to managers alerting them to the upcoming training deadline. 

If you have any questions about the training, please reach out to the Equal Employment Opportunity & Employee Relations (EEO/ER) office at [email protected].

SEAS Employment Opportunities

Apply online @ for these postings:

  • Postdoctoral Scientist, Posting Number R000839 
  • Postdoctoral Scientist, Posting Number R000765
  • Postdoctoral Scientist, Posting Number R000512
  • SEAS Academic Advisor, Posting Number S008698
  • Academic Department Administrator II, SEAS On-line and Off Campus Programs, Posting Number S008721

GW Common Purpose and Values

On April 16, 2019, President LeBlanc announced to the University the GW common purpose statement and new GW Values. The University’s Culture Leadership Team (CLT) used feedback from the GW wide cultural assessment to create these two elements that are key to evolving the culture.

Only at GW, we change the world, one life at a time.

Common purpose statement to help guide individual decision-making about how to approach our day-to-day interactions with our GW coworkers and our community  

GW Values

We are honest and fair in our words and actions.

We achieve more by engaging others in shared processes and decision-making.

We value people as individuals and treat them with fairness, compassion, and care.

We achieve distinction through knowledge and innovation.

We are accessible, receptive and share information freely.

We value and include people from different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives in the pursuit of our common goals.

We encourage risk-taking, learning from failure, and perseverance in our pursuit of excellence.

Performance Management/TAG @ GW

All areas of the university are now on the same performance management cycle for staff, which runs from July 1 - June 30.  Performance management check-ins and goal creation are completed online in [email protected] - Performance.  To set goals for the next performance cycle:

Work with your manager to set goals in Talent @ GW based on your department and school/division’s priorities.

Once you submit goals in Talent @ GW, your manager will be prompted to approve them.

Goals can be edited, added, and/or cancelled at any point in Talent @ GW. Any change will prompt manager approval.

  • The Performance Management section of the Human Resource Management and Development website has tools and resources to support you throughout the final check-in and goal setting process. In addition, Workplace Learning & Development (WLD) continues to provide a mix of virtual and in-person office hours to support staff.

Please email [email protected] if you have questions or would like support.


Benefits Reminders:

Retirement and Financial Wellbeing Fair

Join us November 12 for the bi-annual Financial Wellbeing and Retirement Fair at the Foggy Bottom campus. One-hour sessions are curated for all employees, regardless of your financial or career stage. Being empowered to chart your financial journey not only rewards the future you, but it reduces stress in the present. Join us for the following sessions.

Tuition Remission Information Sessions

Every semester, GW Benefits hosts information sessions for its tuition remission program. Each session provides a detailed overview of tuition remission and gives attendees the opportunity to have their questions answered. Session dates will be posted here as they become available.

GW Employee Appreciation Events:

Career Milestones Celebrations
GW's annual Career Milestones Celebrations honor those who have achieved career milestones, which we mark at every five years of service at GW. This year, GW will recognize staff on December4. Those who have reached 5-, 10-, and 15-year milestones will be honored at a reception from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Employees who have reached milestones of 20 or more years will be honored at a luncheon from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

Employee Resources

Your Career at GW

The Career Path Program is designed to identify the different types of jobs and career paths we have at the university. Explore possible career paths at the university.

Professional Development

Workplace Learning & Development provides learning and performance management resources for all GW staff, including individual contributors and managers.


Visit the Benefits website to learn about leave, health, retirement, and other benefits available to GW employees.

Wellness & Discounts

Being affiliated with GW has many perks, including access to facilities and discounts on products and services provided by a number of vendors. A list of vendors and discounts is available on the Benefits website. 

Wellbeing Hotline

The Wellbeing Hotline - Resources For Living is an employer-sponsored program, available at no cost to you and all members of your household (including dependent children up to age 26, whether or not they live at home). Services are confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Wellbeing Hotline is your one-stop-shop for help with personal issues, life event planning or simple daily life management.

Call toll-free: (866) 522-8509

TTY: (888) 879-8274

Online: Log in to the portal using your NetID and password and click on the “Wellbeing Hotline” link under the “Working” tab.

If you have HR-related questions or need assistance, please contact:

  • HR Manager: Marion Flythe-Inman, x4-0697
  • HR Associate: Jessica (Lynn) Propst, x3-4491
  • HR Director: Donna Lewis, x4-4764